- Iris DeMent born (Paragoul, AR) American country singer, guitarist, songwriter.
- Henry Cowell’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra premiered in Kansas City, MO
- Thea Musgrave’s Trio for flute, oboe and piano premiered in London
- Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg born (Rome) Italian-American violinist, author, teacher.
- Louis Langrée born (Mulhouse, France) French conductor.
- Elena Gerhardt (77) dies in London
- Wayne Coyne born (Norman, OK) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Flaming Lips.
- Suggs aka Graham McPherson born (Hastings) English pop and rock singer, songwriter, broadcaster. Founder member of Madness.
- Henry Geehl (79) dies in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
- Damian O’Neill born (Belfast) Irish rock guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of the Undertones and That Petrol Emotion. Brother of John O’Neill (b.1957).
- The Supremes sign to Motown. 1961 line-up: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, Barbara Martin. Martin left in early 1962 leaving the group as a trio
- Blind Simmie Dooley (79) dies in Spartanburg, SC of heart failure
- Ernst Krenek’s Basler Massarbeit [Basel degree work] op.173 for two pianos premiered in Basel
- Francis Poulenc’s Gloria for choir and orchestra premiered in Boston
- John J. Becker (74) dies in Wilmette, IL
- Bob Dylan arrives in Greenwich Village and plays an open mic spot at Café Wha
- Henry Cowell’s Set of Four for harpsichord, flute, oboe and cello premiered in Berkeley, CA
- Gillian Gilbert born (Macclesfield) English rock keyboard player, guitarist. Member of New Order from 1981.
- Elvis Presley has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Are You Lonesome Tonight?
- The Shirelles have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Will You Love Me Tomorrow
- Pauline Henry born (Edinburgh) Scottish R&B singer. Founder member of the Chimes and solo artist.
- Bob Dylan meets Woody Guthrie for the first time in the latter’s hospital room in East Orange, NJ
- Lloyd Cole born (Buxton, Derbyshire) English rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer. Led the Commotions from 1984 to 1989.
- Patsy Cline – I Fall to Pieces / Lovin’ In Vain (Decca)
- Lightnin’ Hopkins – Mojo Hand / Glory Be (Fire)
- Howlin’ Wolf – Wang Dang Doodle / Back Door Man (Chess)
- Elmore James – Done Somebody Wrong / Fine Little Mama (Fire)
- Etta James – At Last / I Just Want to Make Love to You (Argo)
- Little Willie John – Leave My Kitten Alone / I’ll Never Go Back On My Word (King)
- Rosie & the Originals – Angel Baby / Give Me Love (Highland)
- Mose Allison – I Love the Life I Live (Columbia)
- John Coltrane – Coltrane Jazz (Atlantic)
- John Coltrane – Lush Life (Prestige) recordings from 1957 and 1958
- Lou Donaldson – Sunny Side Up (Blue Note)
- Julie London – Send for Me (Liberty)
- Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (Candid)
- Oliver Nelson – Screaming the Blues (New Jazz)
- Roy Orbison – Sings Lonely & Blue (Monument)
- Jimmy Reed – Now Appearing (Vee Jay)
- Max Roach – Moon Faced And Starry Eyed (Mercury)
- Max Roach – Freedom Now Suite: We Insist! (Candid)
- Frank Sinatra – Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! (Capitol) Orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle
- Otis Spann Is The Blues (Candid)
- Josh White – Spirituals and Blues (Elektra)
- Elvin Jones makes his first studio recordings as leader in a two drummer septet with co-leader Philly Joe Jones for Atlantic in New York. Tracks cut appear on the album Together!
- Alphonse Picou (82) dies in New Orleans
- Clark Tracey born (London) English jazz drummer, bandleader. Son of Stan Tracey (b.1926).
- Noah Lewis (65) dies in Ripley, TN of gangrene brought on by frostbite
- Henryk Górecki’s Chorał w formie kanonu [Chorale in the form of a Canon] for string quartet premiered in Warsaw
- Vince Neil born (Los Angeles) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Mötley Crüe from 1981 to 1992 and from 1997 and solo artist.
- The Beatles play the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the first time (a lunchtime show)
- Marc-André Dalbavie born (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) French composer.
- Velma Middleton (43) dies in Freetown, Sierra Leone following a stroke
- Henry Cowell’s Variations on Thirds for Two Violas and String Orchestra premiered in New York
- David Diamond’s String Quartet no.5 premiered in New York
- Ferde Grofé’s Niagara Falls Suite for orchestra premiered in Buffalo, NY
- Walter Piston’s Symphony no.7 premiered in Philadelphia
- Cevin Key aka Kevin Crompton born (Vancouver) Canadian rock multi-instrumentalist, composer. Worked with Skinny Puppy, Download, Plateau and The Tear Garden.
- Henry Rollins aka Henry Garfield born (Washington, DC) American rock singer, songwriter, spoken word performer, writer, actor , activist. Member of State of Alert from 1980 to 1981, Black Flag from 1981 to 1986 and the Rollins Band from 1987 to 2003.
- Frank Sinatra’s new label Reprise Records issues its first single The Second Time Around / Tina by Sinatra with the Felix Slatkin Orchestra
- Sven-Erik Bäck’s opera Fågeln [The bird], lib. Per Verner-Carlsson, premiered on Swedish radio
- Jackie Wilson shot (non-fatally) in New York, allegedly by a crazed fan
- Andy Taylor born (Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear) English pop and rock guitarist, songwriter, singer, record producer. Member of Duran Duran from 1980 to 1986 and from 2001 to 2006.
- Derek Birkett born (Bishops Stortford) English rock bass guitarist. Founder of One Little Indian Records and founder member of Flux of Pink Indians.
- Benjamin Frankel’s Five Bagatelles op.23 for clarinet and piano premiered on BBC Radio
- Peter Sculthorpe’s Irkanda III for violin, cello and piano premiered in Birmingham
- Percy Grainger (78) dies in White Plains, NY
- Ernst Krenek’s Santa Fe Timetable op.102 for chorus premiered in Los Angeles
- Ranking Roger aka Roger Charlery born (Birmingham) English ska and pop singer. Founder member of the Beat and General Public.
- Nick LaRocca (71) dies in New Orleans
- Dimitri Shostakovich’s Satires op.109 for soprano and piano premiered in Moscow
- Oliver Nelson records the album The Blues and the Abstract Truth for Impulse! in Englewood, NJ. Oliver Nelson (as, ts) Eric Dolphy (as, fl) Freddie Hubbard (tp) George Barrow (bars) Bill Evans (p) Paul Chambers (b) Roy Haynes (d)
- Hideaki Tokunaga born (Yanagawa, Japan) Japanese pop singer, songwriter, actor.
- Bobby Bland – I Pity the Fool / Close to You (Duke)
- John Lee Hooker – I’m Mad Again / I’m Going Upstairs (Vee-Jay)
- Freddie King – Hideaway / I Love The Woman (Federal)
- Gene McDaniels – A Hundred Pounds of Clay / Take a Chance On Love (Liberty)
- Marcels – Blue Moon / Goodbye To Love (Colpix). Vocal group formed in Pittsburgh in 1959
- Ramrods – Riders in the Sky / Zig Zag (Amy)
- Shadows – F.B.I. / Midnight (EMI Columbia UK)
- Del Shannon – Runaway / Jody (Big Top)
- Faron Young – Hello Walls / Congratulations (Capitol)
- The Cannonball Adderley Quintet At The Lighthouse (Riverside)
- Ornette Coleman – Free Jazz (Atlantic)
- Gil Evans – Out Of The Cool (Impulse!)
- Art Farmer – Art (Argo)
- Stan Getz – At Large (Verve)
- Blue Mitchell – Blue’s Moods (Riverside)
- Thelonious Monk At The Blackhawk (Riverside)
- Karlheinz Stockhausen – Studie I / Studie II / Gesang Der Jünglinge (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
- The World of Cecil Taylor (Candid)
- Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson – The Great Kai And J.J. (Impulse!)
- Jacqueline du Pré makes her debut performance at the Wigmore Hall, London aged 16
- Simone Young born (Sydney) Australian conductor.
- Aaron Copland’s Nonet for Strings premiered in Washington, DC
- Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Ariane premiered in Gelsenkirchen, lib. Martinů
- Paul Wittgenstein (73) dies in Manhasset, NY
- The Everly Brothers have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes
- Marcelo Peralta born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian jazz composer, saxophonist, teacher, pianist, accordionist, wind player.
- Dan Stuart born (Tucson, AZ) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Green on Red.
- Harrison Birtwistle’s The World is Discovered for chamber ensemble premiered in London
- Galina Ustvolskaya’s Sonata for violin and piano premiered in Leningrad
- Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Symphony no.5 premiered in New York
- George Formby (55) dies in Preston, Lancashire following a heart attack
- The Miles Davis Quintet record the first of three sessions for the album Someday My Prince Will Come for Columbia in New York. Miles Davis (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d). Also 21 & 22 March
- Thomas Beecham (81) dies in London
- Wilbur Sweatman (79) dies in New York
- Bruce Watson born (Timmins, Ontario) Scottish-Canadian rock guitarist. Founder member of Big Country.
- Germaine Tailleferre’s song cycle Pancarte pour une porte d’entrée [Sign for a front door] premiered in Paris
- Matt Black aka Matthew Cohn born (London) English hip hop and electronica producer, DJ. Co-founder of Ninja Tune records and Coldcut.
- Rey Washam born (Austin, TX) American rock drummer, session player. Worked with Scratch Acid, Ministry, Lard, Tad and others.
- Erik Bergman’s Simbolo op.52 for orchestra premiered in Helsinki
- Darius Milhaud’s Aubade op.387 for orchestra premiered in Oakland, CA
- Václav Talich (77) dies in Beroun, Czech Rep.
- Morton Feldman’s …Out of “Last Pieces” for orchestra premiered in New York
- Grant Hart born (St Paul, MN) American rock singer, drummer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Husker Du, Nova Mob and solo artist.
- (& 22nd) The Miles Davis Quintet record the second and third of three sessions for the album Someday My Prince Will Come for Columbia in New York. Miles Davis (tp) John Coltrane, Hank Mobley (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d). Also 7 March
- Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No.11 All Men Are Brothers premiered in New Orleans
- Ildebrando Pizzetti’s opera Il calzare d’argento [the silver sock], lib. Pizzetti, premiered in Milan
- Freddy Johnson (57) dies in New York of cancer
- John Cage’s Variations II for any number of players and any sound producing means premiered in New York
- Elvis Presley has the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with Wooden Heart
- Morton Feldman’s Durations 3 for tuba, violin and piano premiered in New York
- Hank Mobley records the album Workout for Blue Note in Englewood, NJ. Hank Mobley (ts) Grant Green (g) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)
- Tak Matsumoto born (Toyonaka, Japan) Japanese rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer.
- Nino Rota’s incidental music for J. Ford’s play Dommage qu’elle soit une p… [Pity She’s a p …] premiered in Paris
- LaMonte Young’s Compositions 1960 #10 (only instruction: draw a straight line and follow it) & Compositions 1961 (29 works with the same instuction as 1960 #10) premiered in Cambridge, MA
- The Temptations sign to Motown (as the Elgins at first). 1961 line-up: Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Al Bryant, Eddie Kendricks & Paul Williams
- Drifters – Some Kind of Wonderful / Honey Bee (Atlantic). The first Drifters single with new lead singer Rudy Lewis
- Ernie K-Doe – Mother-in-Law / Wanted $10,000 Reward (Minit)
- Jimmy Reed – Big Boss Man / I’m A Love You (Vee-Jay)
- Mose Allison – Autumn Song (Prestige)
- Gene Ammons – Jug (Prestige)
- Chuck Berry – New Juke-Box Hits (Chess)
- Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – A Night In Tunisia (Blue Note)
- Ray Charles – Genius + Soul = Jazz (Impulse!)
- Ornette Coleman – This Is Our Music (Atlantic)
- John Coltrane – My Favorite Things (Atlantic)
- Hank Crawford – More Soul (Atlantic)
- Bill Evans – Explorations (Riverside)
- Eddie Harris – Exodus To Jazz (Vee-Jay)
- Miriam Makeba (RCA Victor) recorded 11/5/60
- Modern Jazz Quartet and Orchestra (Atlantic)
- Duke Pearson – Tender Feelin’s (Blue Note)
- Stanley Turrentine / The Three Sounds – Blue Hour (Blue Note)
- Mark White born (Sheffield) English pop guitarist, keyboard player. Member of ABC from 1980 to 1992.
- The Beatles begin a three month residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- The Marcels have the Billboard number one single for the first week of three with Blue Moon
- Thank Your Lucky Stars is shown for the first time on ITV in Britain, a music show introduced by Pete Murray. The last programme is broadcast in June 1966 some 250 shows later
- Wallingford Riegger (75) dies in New York following a head injury sustained when he tripped over the leashes of two fighting dogs
- Spade Cooley arrested in Kern Co, CA after beating his wife Ella Mae to death and threatening to kill his daughter
- Darius Milhaud’s Symphony no.10 premiered in Portland, OR
- Pete Seeger sentenced to a year in prison for contempt of Congress (see 18 Aug 1955)
- Barbra Streisand makes her national television debut on the The Jack Paar Show
- Karen Tanaka born (Tokyo) Japanese composer, teacher.
- Yusef Greiss (61) dies in Venice
- Jesús Guridi (74) dies in Madrid
- William Arundel Orchard (93) dies on board ship off the coast of South Africa whilst on route to Australia from England. He is buried at sea
- Harry Partch’s Rotate the Body in All Its Planes for gymnastic tumblers, voices, bass, piccolo, trumpet, trombone, tuba, drums and a various Partch-built instruments premiered in Urbana, IL
- Chris Abrahams born (New Zealand) New Zealand jazz and rock pianist, organist. Founder member of the Necks, Laughing Clowns and Roll.
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s Psalmus 1961 for tape premiered in Stockholm
- Bob Dylan plays his first professional date in New York at Gerdes Folk City supporting John Lee Hooker
- Harry Partch’s opera Revelation in the Courthouse Park premiered in Urbana, IL. Lib. Partch after Euripides
- Lisa Gerrard born (Melbourne, Australia) Australian singer, composer, musician. Founder member of Dead Can Dance and solo artist.
- Christophe Rousset born (Avignon) French harpsichordist, conductor.
- The third Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles and New York. Record of the Year is awarded to Percy Faith for Theme From A Summer Place and Album of the Year to Bob Newhart for The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart. Other winners include Aaron Copland, Marty Robbins, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Gil Evans & Miles Davis
- Bob Merrill and Michael Stewart’s musical Carnival! opens on Broadway (719 performances)
- Luigi Nono’s multi-media opera Intolleranza 1960 premiered in Venice
- Hugo del Carril’s musical film Amorina starring Tita Merello and Hugo del Carril opens in Argentina. Music by Lucio Milena
- Morton Feldman’s Durations 1 for alto flute, piano, violin and cello premiered in New York
- Ernest Gold’s music for Otto Preminger’s film Exodus wins the best dramatic score Oscar at the 33rd Academy Awards. Morris Stoloff and Harry Sukman’s music for Charles Vidor and George Cukor’s film Song Without End wins the award for best musical score
- Herbie Hancock makes his first recordings for Blue Note in Englewood Cliifs, NJ with the Donald Byrd Quintet. Donald Byrd (tp) Pepper Adams (bars) Herbie Hancock (p) Doug Watkins (b) Teddy Robinson (d). Tracks cut are included on the Donald Byrd album Chant
- Grazyna Bacewicz’s Concerto for Symphony Orchestra premiered in Venice
- The Miles Davis Quintet play the first of two nights at the Blackhawk club, San Francisco. Miles Davis (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d). The shows are recorded and tracks appear on the Columbia album Miles Davis In Person, Vol. 1 – Friday Night At The Blackhawk
- The Miles Davis Quintet play the second of two nights at the Blackhawk club, San Francisco. Miles Davis (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d). The shows are recorded and tracks appear on the Columbia album Miles Davis In Person, Vol. 2 – Saturday Night At The Blackhawk
- Del Shannon has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Runaway
- Judy Garland plays the Carnegie Hall, New York, a show that is recorded for the number one album Judy at Carnegie Hall
- Chris Mars born (Minneapolis, MN) American rock drummer, songwriter, record producer. Founder member of the Replacements.
- Spade Cooley charged with first degree murder following the death of his estranged second wife Ella Mae Evans at their home in Willow Springs, CA (see 3 Apr)
- Henry Cowell’s Symphony no.14 premiered in Washington, DC
- Cisco Houston (42) dies in San Bernardino, CA of stomach cancer
- Miff Mole (63) dies in New York of a cerebral haemorrhage
- Luciano Pavarotti makes his operatic debut in Reggio Emilia, Italy as Rodolfo in Puccini ‘s La Bohème.
- Lavern Baker – Saved / Don Juan (Atlantic)
- Coasters – Little Egypt / Keep On Rolling (Atco)
- John Coltrane – My Favorite Things parts 1 and 2 (Atlantic)
- Eddie Harris – Exodus / Alicia (Vee-Jay)
- Chris Kenner – I Like It Like That parts 1 and 2 (Instant)
- Ben E King – Stand By Me / On The Horizon (Atco)
- Ricky Nelson – Hello Mary Lou / Travelin’ Man (Imperial)
- Roy Orbison – Running Scared / Love Hurts (Monument)
- Shadows – The Frightened City / Back Home (EMI Columbia UK)
- Shirelles – Mama Said / Blue Holiday (Scepter)
- Carla Thomas – A Love of My Own / Promises (Atlantic)
- Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook (Verve) With the Billy May Orchestra
- L’étonnant Serge Gainsbourg (Philips France)
- Lightnin’ Hopkins – Lightnin’ (Bluesville)
- Wes Montgomery – Movin’ Along (Riverside)
- Gerry Mulligan And The Concert Jazz Band At The Village Vanguard (Verve)
- Frank Sinatra – Ring-A-Ding Ding! (Reprise) Orchestra conducted by Johnny Mandel. The first LP release on Reprise
- Edgard Varèse’s Nocturnal for chorus and orchestra premiered in New York
- Chris Cacavas born (Tucson, AZ) American rock keyboard player. Founder member of Green on Red and solo artist.
- The Dexter Gordon Quintet record the album Doin’ Allright, his first for Blue Note, in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Freddie Hubbard (tp) Dexter Gordon (ts) Horace Parlan (p) George Tucker (b) Al Harewood (d)
- The Marcels have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Blue Moon
- Robert Spano born (Conneaut, OH) American conductor, pianist.
- Ricky Nelson changes his name to Rick Nelson on his 21st birthday
- The Dexter Gordon Quartet record the album Dexter Calling for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Dexter Gordon (ts) Kenny Drew (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)
- Danny Carey born (Lawrence, KS) American rock drummer. Member of Tool from 1990.
- Darius Milhaud’s Cantate sur des poèmes de Chaucer op.386 [Cantata based on poems of Chaucer] premiered in Des Moines, IA
- Cecile Licad born (Manila) Filipino concert pianist.
- LaMonte Young’s Arabic Numeral (any integer), to H.F. aka X for Henry Flint for one performer premiered in New York
- Melle Mel aka Melvin Glover born (Brooklyn, NY) American rapper. Founder member of the Furious Five.
- Enya Brennan born (Gweedore, Donegal) Irish singer, songwriter, musician. Member of Clannad from 1981 to 1982 and solo artist.
- Dejan Knez born (Trbovlje, Slovenia) Slovenian keyboard player, electronic musician, composer. Member of Laibach from 1980 to 2003.
- Russell Senior born (Sheffield) English rock guitarist, violinist. Member of Pulp from 1983 to 1997.
- Miles Davis plays a show at Carnegie Hall, New York which is recorded for the Columbia album Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall. Miles Davis, Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow, Louis Mucci, Ernie Royal (tp) Dick Hixson, Jimmy Knepper, Frank Rehak (tb) Paul Ingraham, Robert Swisshelm, Julius Watkins (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Hank Mobley (ts) Danny Bank, Eddie Caine, Romeo Penque, Jerome Richardson, Bob Tricarico (woodwinds) Janet Putman (harp) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) Bobby Rosengarden (per) Gil Evans (arr, cond)
- Nick Heyward born (Beckenham, Kent) English pop singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Haircut 100 from 1980 to 1984 and solo artist.
- John Coltrane makes his first recordings for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little (tp) Jim Buffington, Donald Carrado, Bob Northern, Robert Swisshelm, Julius Watkins (frh) Charles Greenlee, Julian Priester (euph) Bill Barber (tu) John Coltrane (ss, ts) Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl, arr, cond) Pat Patrick (bars) Garvin Bushell (reeds) McCoy Tyner (p, arr) Reggie Workman, Paul Chambers (b) Elvin Jones (d) Cal Massey (arr) Romulus Franceschini (cond). Tracks cut are included on the album Africa / Brass. See also 7 June
- Morton Feldman’s Durations 4 for violin, cello and vibraphone premiered in New York
- The John Coltrane septet record the album Ole Coltrane for Atlantic in New York. Freddie Hubbard (tp) John Coltrane (ss, ts) Eric Dolphy (as, fl) McCoy Tyner (p) Art Davis (b) Reggie Workman (b) Elvin Jones (d)
- Roland Gift born (Birmingham) English pop singer, songwriter, actor. Founder member of Akrylykz and Fine Young Cannibals.
- Melissa Etheridge born (Leavenworth, KS) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, activist.
- Uuno Klami (60) dies in Virolahti, Finland following a heart attack
- Jimi Hendrix joins the US army
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima for 52 string instruments premiered in Warsaw
- US Bonds – Quarter To Three / Time Ole Story (Legrand)
- James Brown – Love Don’t Love Nobody / I Don’t Mind (King)
- Cleftones – Heart And Soul / How Do You Feel (Gee). Vocal group formed in 1955 in New York, led by Herb Cox
- Sam Cooke – Cupid / Farewell My Darling (RCA Victor)
- Regents – Barbara Ann / I’m So Lonely (Gee). Eddie Jacobucci, Sal Cuomo, Donnie Jacobucci, Chuck Fasser (vo). Vocal group formed in New York in 1958
- Del Shannon – Hats Off to Larry / Don’t Gild the Lily, Lily (Big Top)
- Cannonball Adderley – Cannonball En Route (Mercury)
- Bobby Bland – Two Steps From The Blues (Duke)
- The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye (Tamla)
- Bob Gibson – Yes I See (Elektra)
- Grant Green – Grant’s First Stand (Blue Note)
- Freddie Hubbard – Goin’ Up (Blue Note)
- Lee Morgan – Lee-Way (Blue Note)
- Peter Machajdik born (Bratislava) Slovak composer.
- The first FM stereo radio broadcasts are made in Chicago, Los Angeles and Schenectady, NY
- Dez Cadena born (Newark, NJ) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Black Flag, DC3, Misfits and other bands.
- Roy Orbison has the Billboard number one single for one week with Running Scared
- Elvis Presley has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Surrender
- Tom Araya born (Viña del Mar, Chile) Chilean-american rock singer, bass guitarist, songwriter. Member of Slayer from 1981.
- Art Gillham (66) dies in Atlanta, GA following a heart attack
- John Coltrane records the second session of two for the album Africa / Brass for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Booker Little (tp) Britt Woodman (tb) Donald Carrado, Bob Northern, Robert Swisshelm, Julius Watkins (frh) Carl Bowman (euph) Bill Barber (tu) Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl, arr, cond) John Coltrane (ts) Pat Patrick (bars) McCoy Tyner (p) Reggie Workman, Art Davis (b) Elvin Jones (d). See also 23 May
- Debasis Chakroborty born (Calcutta) Indian classical slide guitarist, composer, teacher.
- Bohuslav Martinů’s opera The Greek Passion premiered in Zürich, lib. Martinů
- Kim Deal born (Dayton, OH) American rock singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, guitarist. Founder member of the Pixies and the Breeders. Twin sister of Kelley Deal
- Kelley Deal born (Dayton, OH) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Breeders from 1992. Twin sister of Kim Deal
- Preservation Hall in New Orleans opens with the remit of giving a permanent venue for traditional New Orleans jazz and brass band music
- Kira Roessler born (New Haven, CT) American rock bassist, singer, film editor. Member of Black Flag from 1983 to 1985 and Dos from 1985. Sister of Paul Roessler (b.1958).
- Boy George aka George O’Dowd born (Bexley, Kent) English pop singer, songwriter, record producer, DJ. Founder member of Culture Club and solo artist.
- Patsy Cline is seriously injured in a car crash in Madison, TN
- Kai Eckhardt born (Mainz, Germany) German jazz bassist, composer. Worked with John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham and others.
- Bryn Jones born (Manchester) English electronic musician, producer. Worked as Muslimgauze. Died 1999
- Alison Moyet born (Billericay, Essex) English pop singer, songwriter. Member of Yazoo, from 1981 to 1983 and solo artist.
- Ron Carter makes his first recordings as leader for New Jazz / Prestige in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl) Mal Waldron (p) George Duvivier (b) Ron Carter (b, cel) Charlie Persip (d). Tracks cut are included on the album Where?
- Sascha Konietzko born (Hamburg) German rock keyboard player, drummer, songwriter, producer. Founder member of KMFDM in 1984.
- Jimmy Somerville born (Glasgow) Scottish pop singer, songwriter. Founder member of Bronski Beat, the Communards and solo artist.
- Mitar Subotić aka Suba born (Novi Sad, Serbia) Serbian composer, electronic musician, producer. Died 1999
- Nikolai Malko (78) dies in Sydney
- Curt Smith born (Bath) English pop singer, songwriter, musician, record producer. Member of Tears for Fears from 1981 to 1991 and from 2000 and solo artist.
- Havergal Brian’s Symphony No. 1 premiered in London
- Gary U.S. Bonds has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Quarter to Three
- The Bill Evans Trio play five sets at the Village Vanguard, New York. Bill Evans (p) Scott LaFaro (b) Paul Motian (d). Tracks cut are included on the Riverside albums Sunday At The Village Vanguard and Waltz For Debby. This is Scott LaFaro’s last live appearance
- Margo Timmins born (Montreal) Canadian rock singer, songwriter. Member of the Cowboy Junkies since 1985. Sister of Michael (b.1959) and Peter (b.1965) Timmins.
- Greg Hetson born (Brooklyn, NY) American rock guitarist. Member of Red Kross in 1980, Circle Jerks from 1980 and Bad Religion from 1984.
- Mercury Records is bought by Philips of the Netherlands
- Chubby Checker – Let’s Twist Again / Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Parkway)
- Curtis Lee – Pretty Little Angel Eyes / Gee How I Wish you Were Here (Dunes)
- Ike & Tina Turner – It’s Gonna Work Out Fine / Won’t You Forgive Me (Sue)
- Mary Wells – I Don’t Want To Take A Chance / I’m So Sorry (Motown)
- Cannonball Adderley – African Waltz (Riverside)
- Jacques Brel 5 aka Marieka (Philips France)
- Kenny Drew – Undercurrent (Blue Note)
- Johnny Griffin – Change of Pace (Riverside)
- Elmore James – Blues After Hours (Fire)
- Jackie McLean – Jackie’s Bag (Blue Note)
- Hi! We’re The Miracles (Tamla)
- Blue Mitchell – Smooth As the Wind (Riverside)
- Montgomery Brothers – Groove Yard (Riverside)
- Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz (Atlantic)
- Del Shannon has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Runaway
- Malcolm Arnold’s Symphony No. 5 premiered in Cheltenham
- Scott LaFaro (25) killed in a car accident on his way to Geneva, NY
- The first issue of Mersey Beat is published, a Liverpool music and entertainment paper. At its peak it sells 75,000 copies per issue. It ceases publication in 1964 when it is incorporated into Music Echo
- Benjamin Britten’s Sonata for cello and piano premiered in Aldeburgh
- Andy Fletcher born (Nottingham) English rock and pop bass guitarist, keyboard player, manager, singer. Member of Depeche Mode from 1981.
- Julián Bautista (60) dies in Buenos Aires
- Ray Charles is arrested in Chicago and charged with possession of heroin
- Jacky Cheung born (Hong Kong) Chinese pop singer, songwriter, actor.
- Marc Riley born (Manchester) English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, broadcaster, journalist, cartoonist. Member of the Fall from 1978 to 1983 and the Creepers from 1983 to 1991.
- Unsuk Chin born (Seoul) Korean composer.
- Benjamin Britten’s Jubilate Deo for choir and organ premiered in Windsor
- Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley’s musical Stop the World – I Want to Get Off opens in London (555 performances)
- Henry Cowell’s Sax Quartet premiered in Rochester, NY
- Keith Sweat born (Atlanta, GA) American R&B singer, songwriter, musician, record producer.
- Martin Gore born (Dagenham, Essex) English rock and pop songwriter, musician, singer, producer. Member of Depeche Mode from 1980.
- Maxim Fedotov born (St Petersburg) Russina violinist, conductor.
- Andy Connell born (Manchester) English funk and pop keyboard player, songwriter. Member of A Certain Ratio from 1982 to 1985 and Swing Out Sister from 1985.
- Henry Cowell’s Music I Heard for voice and piano premiered in Rochester, NY
- Bobby Bland – St. James Infirmary / Don’t Cry No More (Duke)
- Fats Domino – Let the Four Winds Blow / Good Hearted Man (Imperial)
- John Lee Hooker – Want Ad Blues / Take Me as I Am (Vee-Jay)
- Ben E King – Amor / Souvenir of Mexico (Atco)
- John Leyton – Johnny Remember Me / There Must Be (Top Rank UK)
- Mar-Keys – Last Night / Night Before (Satellite). Stax studio players
- Bobby Vee – Take Good Care Of My Baby / Bashful Bob (Liberty)
- Link Wray – Jack the Ripper / The Stranger (Rumble)
- Art Blakey – Impulse!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! (Impulse!)
- Karl-Birger Blomdahl – Aniara: An Epic of Space Flight in 2038 A.D. (Columbia Masterworks) Conducted by Werner Janssen
- John Coltrane & Milt Jackson – Bags and Trane (Atlantic) Recorded in 1959
- Ida Cox & the Coleman Hawkins Quintet – Blues for Rampart Street (Riverside)
- Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (Prestige) Recorded in 1956
- Kenny Dorham – Whistle Stop (Blue Note)
- Hank Mobley – Roll Call (Blue Note)
- George Russell – Ezz-thetics (Riverside)
- Dave Van Ronk – Van Ronk Sings (Folkways)
- Pete De Freitas born (Port of Spain, Trinidad) English rock drummer. Member of Echo & the Bunnymen from 1979 to 1989. Died 1989
- John Cage’s Atlas eclipticalis for an ensemble of up to 86 players premiered in Montreal
- Morton Feldman’s Durations 5 for violin, cello, horn, vibraphone, harp and piano premiered in Montreal
- Peter Sculthorpe’s Irkanda IV for violin, percussion and strings premiered in Melbourne
- The Edge aka Dave Evans born (London) Welsh-Irish rock guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of U2.
- Mei Lanfang (66) dies in Beijing of heart failure
- Malcolm Williamson’s Organ Concerto premiered in London
- Alsy MacDonald born (Perth, Australia) Australian rock drummer. Member of the Triffids from 1978 to 1989.
- Matt Johnson born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Worked as The The.
- Stick McGhee (43) dies in New York of lung cancer
- Zoltan Kodály’s Symphony in C premiered in Lucerne
- Robert Owens born (Warren, OH) American House and R&B singer. Worked with Larry Heard as Fingers Inc and solo.
- Carlos Salzédo (76) dies in Waterville, ME
- Peggy Glanville-Hicks’s opera Nausicaa premiered in Athens. Lib. Robert Graves
- Spade Cooley sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his second wife Ella Mae Evans (see 3 Apr 1961)
- Andrés Calamaro born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Los Rodríguez.
- Raoul ‘Roland’ Orzabal born (Portsmouth) English pop singer, songwriter, musician, record producer. Member of Tears for Fears from 1981.
- Debbi Peterson born (Los Angeles, CA) American pop and rock drummer, songwriter, singer. Member of the Bangles from 1981 to 1989 and from 1999. Sister of Vicki Peterson (b.1958).
- Mark Bedford born (London) English rock and pop bass guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Madness.
- Vladimir Sofronitsky (60) dies in Moscow
- Dovells – Bristol Stomp / Out in the Cold Again (Parkway)
- Howlin’ Wolf – Little Baby / Down in the Bottom (Chess)
- Marvelettes – Please Mr Postman / So Long Baby (Tamla). Vocal group formed in Inkster, MI in 1960. 1961 line-up: Gladys Horton, Wanda Young (lead vo) Georgeanna Tillman, Juanita Cowart, Katherine Anderson (vo)
- Roy Orbison – Crying / Candy Man (Monument)
- Elvis Presley – His Latest Flame / Little Sister (RCA Victor)
- Shadows – Kon-Tiki / 36-24-36 (EMI Columbia UK)
- Spinners – That’s What Girls Are Made For / Heebie Jeebies (Tri-Phi)
- Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World, Vol.1 (Blue Note)
- Tina Brooks – True Blue (Blue Note)
- Donald Byrd At The Half Note Cafe, Vol 1 (Blue Note)
- Sam Cooke – Swing Low (RCA Victor)
- Eric Dolphy – Out There (New Jazz)
- Bob Gibson and Hamilton Camp – At the Gate of Horn (Elektra) recorded live at the Gate of Horn club, Chicago.
- Dexter Gordon – Doin’ Allright (Blue Note)
- The Folk Lore of John Lee Hooker (Vee-Jay)
- Julie London – Whatever Julie Wants (Liberty)
- Charles Mingus – Pre-Bird (Mercury)
- Horace Parlan – Speakin’ My Piece (Blue Note)
- Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall (Vee-Jay)
- The Shadows (EMI Columbia UK)
- Frank Sinatra – Come Swing With Me (Capitol) Orchestra conducted by Billy May
- Frank Sinatra – Sinatra Swings (Reprise) Orchestra conducted by Billy May
- John Leyton has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks over two runs with Johnny Remember Me
- Marc-André Hamelin born (Montreal) Canadian pianist, composer.
- Pal Waaktaar born (Oslo, Norway) Norwegian rock and pop guitarist, songwriter. Member of A-ha from 1982 to 2010.
- John Cage’s Wonderful Widow of 18 Springs for voice and closed piano & 26’55.988” for two prepared pianos and string player premiered in Darmstadt
- Elliott Carter’s Double Concerto for harpsichord and piano premiered in New York
- Jean-Luc Godard’s musical film Une femme est une femme [A Woman Is a Woman] starring Jean-Claude Brialy, Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo opens. Music by Michel Legrand
- Terry Riley’s Envelope for piano, soprano saxophone, French horn and violin premiered in Darmstadt
- Jean-Yves Thibaudet born (Lyon) French concert pianist.
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s Emanations for two string orchestras premiered in Darmstadt
- Pierre Boulez’s Livre pour quatour V, VI for string quartet premiered in Darmstadt
- Earle Brown’s Available Forms for eighteen instruments premiered in Darmstadt
- Ana-Maria Avram born (Bucharest) Romanian composer.
- Mylène Farmer born (Montreal) French pop singer, songwriter, author, actress.
- Dave Mustaine born (Le Mesa, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Metallica from 1981 to 1983 and Megadeath from 1983.
- KK Null aka Kazuyuki Kishino born (Tokyo) Japanese rock, jazz and experimental guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer. Member of ANP and Zeni Geva.
- Daniel James Wolf born (Upland, CA) American composer.
- David Sawer born (Stockport) English composer, teacher.
- Bilinda Butcher born (London) English rock guitarist, singer. Member of My Bloody Valentine from 1987 to 1997 and from 2007.
- Judy Garland has the Billboard number one album for the first of thirteen weeks with Judy at Carnegie Hall
- Bobby Vee has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Take Good Care of My Baby
- Robert Shelton writes Bob Dylan’s first major review in the New York Times entitled Bob Dylan: A Distinctive Stylist
- Henryk Górecki’s Three Diagrams op.15 for flute premiered in Warsaw
- Michael Torke born (Milwaukee, WN) American composer.
- Carlo Galeffi (79) dies in Rome
- The Shadows have the UK number one album for the first of five weeks over two runs with The Shadows
- Morton Subotnick’s Sound Blocks: An Heroic Vision for two xylophones, violin, cello, four lighting flats and two tape recorders premiered in San Francisco
- Bulbul (64) dies in Baku, Azerbaijan
- Andy Lau Tak-wah born (Hong Kong) Chinese actor, pop singer, film producer.
- Peter Dawson (79) dies in Sydney
- Béla Bartók’s Scherzo for piano and orchestra premiered in Budapest
- Bob Dylan signs to Columbia Records on the recommendation of John Hammond
- Georg Solti appointed music director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a post he holds until 1971
- Solomon Burke – Just Out Of Reach / Be Bop Grandma (Atlantic)
- Ray Charles – Hit the Road Jack / The Danger Zone (ABC-Paramount)
- Dion – Runaround Sue / Runaway Girl (Laurie)
- Lee Dorsey – Ya Ya / Give Me You (Fury)
- Jimmy Reed – Bright Lights Big City / I’m Mr Luck (Vee-Jay)
- Muddy Waters – Messin’ With the Man / Lonesome Room Blues (Chess)
- Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington – Together for the First Time (Roulette)
- Lavern Baker – Saved (Atlantic)
- Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Alamode (Impulse!)
- Donald Byrd – Byrd In Flight (Blue Note)
- John Coltrane – Africa/Brass (Impulse!)
- Miles Davis In Person, Vol. 1 – Friday Night At The Blackhawk (Columbia) recorded live in San Francisco on 21 Apr 1961
- Miles Davis In Person, Vol. 2 – Saturday Night At The Blackhawk (Columbia) recorded live in San Francisco on 22 Apr 1961
- Bo Diddley Is A Lover (Checker)
- Henry Mancini – Breakfast at Tiffany’s OST (RCA Victor)
- Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane (Jazzland) recorded in 1957
- Max Roach – Percussion, Bitter Sweet (Impulse!)
- Horace Silver – Doin’ The Thing (Blue Note)
- Stanley Turrentine – Up At Minton’s, Vol 1 (Blue Note)
- West Side Story OST (Columbia)
- Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony no.12 ‘1917 god’ [The Year 1917] premiered in St Petersburg
- Mauricio Sotelo born (Madrid) Spanish composer.
- Ravi Shankar plays his first American concert at Town Hall, New York. Shankar (sitar) Kanai Dutta (tabla) NC Mullick (tamboura)
- The Beach Boys record their first single Surfin‘ for Candix records in Los Angeles. The company change the group’s name from the Pendletones without their permission. Mike Love, Dennis Wilson (vo) Carl Wilson (vo, g) Al Jardine (vo, b) Brian Wilson (vo, perc)
- Noël Coward’s musical Sail Away opens on Broadway (167 performances)
- Boris Blacher’s Piano Concerto no.3 premiered in Berlin
- Booker Little (23) dies in New York of kidney failure
- Ray Charles has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Hit the Road Jack
- Henry Cowell’s Symphony no.15 “Thesis” premiered in Murray, KY
- The Shadows have the UK number one single for one week with Kon-Tiki
- Martin Kemp born (London) English actor, bass guitarist. Founder member of Spandau Ballet. Brother of Gary Kemp (b.1959).
- Don Appell and Jerry Herman’s musical Milk and Honey opens on Broadway (543 performances)
- Amr Diab born (Port Said, Egypt) Egyptian geel singer, songwriter.
- Chico Marx (74) dies in Los Angeles from arteriosclerosis
- Marguerite Monnot (58) dies in Paris of peritonitis
- Henry Cowell’s Chiaroscuro for orchestra premiered in Guatemala City
- Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock & Willie Gilbert’s musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opens on Broadway (1417 performances)
- Matthias Dahms born (Berlin) German percussionist, composer.
- Wynton Marsalis born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trumpeter, composer, writer, broadcaster. Brother of Branford Marsalis (b.1960).
- Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins’ movie musical West Side Story opens, starring Natalie Wood & Richard Beymer. Music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
- John Fernström (63) dies in Lund, Sweden
- Daisy Wood (84) dies in Banstead, Surrey
- Sylvia Rexach (39) dies in San Juan, Puerto Rico of stomach cancer
- Pierre Boulez’s Structures, livre II for 2 pianos premiered in Donaueschingen
- Henry Cowell’s Duo concertante for flute, harp and orchestra premiered in Springfield, OH
- Dion has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Runaround Sue (1st week of 2)
- Luciano Berio’s Epifanie for female voice and orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen
- György Ligeti’s Atmosphères for orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen
- Brett Dean born (Brisbane) Australian composer, conductor, viola player.
- Chad Smith born (St Paul, MN) American rock drummer. Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1988.
- Peter Maxwell Davies’ Ave Maria, Hail Blessed Flower for chorus premiered in London
- Erica Muhl born (Los Angeles) American composer, conductor, teacher.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen’s theatre piece Originale no.12 2/3 premiered in Cologne
- David Diamond’s Symphony no.8 premiered in New York
- Randy Jackson born (Gary, IN) American pop and soul singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Member of the Jacksons from 1975 to 1990. Brother of Rebbie (b.1950) Jackie (b.1951) Tito (b.1953) Jermaine (b.1954) La Toya (b.1956) Marlon (b.1957) Michael (1958-2009) and Janet (b.1966) Jackson
- Zygmunt Krauze’s Prime numbers for two violins premiered in Warsaw
- Phil Spector and Lester Sill launch Philles Records in New York. The first signing is girl group the Crystals
- Larry Mullen, Jr. born (Arlane, Dublin) Irish rock drummer, songwriter. Founder member of U2.
- Chuck Berry – Come On / Go Go Go (Chess)
- Acker Bilk – Stranger on the Shore / Take My Lips (EMI Columbia UK)
- Patsy Cline – Crazy / Who Can I Count On (Decca)
- Eddie Holland – Jamie / Take a Chance On Me (Motown)
- Impressions – Gypsy Woman / As Long As You Love Me (ABC-Paramount)
- Henry Mancini – Moon River / Breakfast at Tiffany’s (RCA Victor)
- Sandy Nelson – Let There Be Drums / Quite A Beat (Imperial)
- Gene Pitney – Town Without Pity / Air Mail Special Delivery (Musicor)
- Kyu Sakamoto – Sukiyaki / Anoko-no namae-wa nantenkana (Toshiba Japan) Released in the US and Europe in 1963
- Irma Thomas – It’s Too Soon To Know / That’s All I Ask (Minit)
- Valadiers – Greetings / Take A Chance (Miracle). Vocal group formed in Detroit in 1959. Stuart Avig, Martin Coleman, Art Glasser. Motown’s first white act
- Joan Baez Volume 2 (Vanguard)
- Ray Charles – The Genius after Hours (Atlantic) recorded in 1956 and 1957
- Judy Collins – A Maid of Constant Sorrow (Elektra)
- Bill Evans – Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Riverside) recorded live in New York on 25 Jun 1961
- Grant Green – Green Street (Blue Note)
- Elmo Hope – Homecoming! (Riverside)
- Freddie Hubbard – Hub Cap (Blue Note)
- Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues Singers (Columbia) recorded in 1936 and 1937
- Booker Little – Out Front (Candid)
- Mar-Keys – The Last Night! (Atlantic)
- Wes Montgomery – So Much Guitar (Riverside)
- Oliver Nelson – The Blues And The Abstract Truth (Impulse!)
- Frank Sinatra – I Remember Tommy (Reprise) Orchestra conducted by Sy Oliver
- Clark Terry – Color Changes (Candid)
- (to 5th) John Coltrane plays a short residency at the Village Vanguard, New York. Tracks cut on the 2nd and 3rd are included on the Impulse albums Coltrane “Live” At The Village Vanguard & Impressions. Garvin Bushell (ob, basn 2 Nov only) John Coltrane (ss, ts) Eric Dolphy (as, bcl) McCoy Tyner (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (oud 2 Nov only) Reggie Workman, Jimmy Garrison (b) Roy Haynes (d 2 Nov only) Elvin Jones (d)
- Peter Maxwell Davies’ Te Lucis Ante Terminum [Before the ending] for mixed chorus and chamber orchestra premiered in Cirencester
- Kathryn Dawn Lang aka kd lang born (Edmonton) Canadian country and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer.
- The Country Music Hall of Fame is inaugurated by the Country Music Association. The first inductees are Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose and Hank Williams
- Daron Hagen born (New Berlin, MN) American composer, conductor, teacher, pianist, opera director.
- Edward Knight born (Ann Arbor, MI) American composer.
- Bob Dylan plays the Carnegie Chapter Hall, New York
- Daniele Gatti born (Milan) Italian conductor.
- The Charles Mingus Sextet record the album Mingus Oh, Yeah! for Atlantic in New York. Jimmy Knepper (tb) Booker Ervin (ts) Roland Kirk (ts, mzo, str, siren, fl) Charles Mingus (p, vo, nar) Doug Watkins (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
- Peter Maxwell Davies’ String Quartet premiered on BBC Radio
- Brian Epstein attends a Beatles concert at the Cavern, Liverpool, the first time he has seen the band
- Henry Koster’s musical film Flower Drum Song starring Nancy Kwan opens. Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
- Elvis Presley has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with His Latest Flame / Little Sister
- Michaela Paetsch born (Colorado Springs, CO) American concert violinist.
- Pablo Casals plays at the White House for President John F Kennedy
- Franz Treichler born (Fribourg, Switzerland) Swiss singer, songwriter, electronic musician. Founder member of Young Gods.
- Ernest Lawlers (61) dies in Memphis of heart failure
- Ray Charles arrested in Indiana for heroin possession but is acquitted on a technicality
- Anthony Warlow born (Wollongong, NSW) Australian baritone singer, actor.
- (& 22nd) Bob Dylan records his debut album Bob Dylan for Columbia in New York. Bob Dylan (vo, g, hca)
- Stephen Hough born (Heswall, Cheshire) Anglo-Australian pianist, composer, writer.
- Ninon Vallin (75) dies in Millery, France
- Norman Taurog’s musical film Blue Hawaii starring Elvis Presley opens. Music by Joseph J. Lilley
- Nicolas Bacri born (Paris) French composer.
- Michio Kurihara born (Nishi Tama, Japan) Japanese rock guitarist. Founder member of Ghost and White Heaven.
- Thomas Zehetmair born (Salzburg) Austrian violinist, conductor
- York Bowen (77) dies in London
- Dwight Pullen (30) dies in Los Angeles of prostate cancer
- Erik Bergman’s Concertino da camera op. 53 for eight instruments premiered in Helsinki
- Adelina de Lara (89) dies in Woking, Surrey
- Vittorio Giannini’s opera The Harvest premiered in Chicago. Lib. Karl Flaster
- Alexander Goldenweiser (86) dies in Moscow
- Lori Barbero born (Minneapolis, MN) American rock drummer, singer, songwriter. Member of Babes in Toyland from 1987 to 2001.
- The Grand Ole Opry appears at the Carnegie Hall, NY for a benefit concert. Acts appearing include Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves and Faron Young
- Françoise Hardy signs to Vogue Records
- Ray Charles – Unchain My Heart / But on the Other Hand Baby (ABC-Paramount)
- Dick Dale – Let’s Go Trippin’ / Del-Tone Rock (Del-Tone)
- Dion – The Wanderer / The Majestic (Laurie)
- Howlin’ Wolf – The Red Rooster / Shake For Me (Chess)
- Shadows – The Savage / Peace Pipe (EMI Columbia UK)
- Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight / Tina (RCA Victor). Vocal group formed in New York in 1955
- The Cannonball Adderley Quintet Plus (Riverside)
- Dave Brubeck – Time Further Out (Columbia)
- Kenny Burrell – Blue Lights Vol 2 (Blue Note) recorded 1958
- Patsy Cline – Showcase (Decca)
- Ray Charles – The Genius Sings The Blues (Atlantic) recorded 1952 to 1959
- John Coltrane – Ole Coltrane (Atlantic)
- Eric Dolphy At The Five Spot (New Jazz)
- Joe Harriott Quintet – Abstract (Capitol)
- Lightnin’ Hopkins and Sonny Terry – Last Night Blues (Bluesville)
- Furry Lewis – Done Changed My Mind (Bluesville)
- Lee Konitz – Motion (Verve)
- Marvelettes – Please Mr Postman (Tamla)
- Cookin’ with the Miracles (Tamla)
- Sandy Nelson – Let There Be Drums (Imperial)
- Pete Seeger – Gazette Volume 2 (Folkways)
- Nino Rota’s ballet Fantasia tricromatica. Balletto sulla musica delle ‘Variazioni sopra un tema gioviale’ [Trichromatic fantasy. Ballet on the music of ‘Variations on a jovial theme’] premiered in Naples
- David Lovering born (Boston, MA) American rock drummer. Member of the Pixies from 1986 to 1993 and from 2004.
- Chou Wen-Chung’s All in the Spring Wind for orchestra premiered in Louisville, KY
- The Marvelettes have the Billboard number one single for one week with Please Mr. Postman, Motown’s first US number one single
- Darryl Jones born (Chicago) American rock bass guitarist, session player. Worked with the Rolling Stones and others.
- Jack Donohue’s musical film Babes in Toyland starring Ray Bolger and Annette Funicello opens. Music by Victor Herbert and George Bruns
- Elvis Presley has the Billboard number one album for the first of nineteen weeks with Blue Hawaii
- The Tokens have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with The Lion Sleeps Tonight
- Paul Hindemith’s opera Das lange Weihnachtsmahl [The Long Christmas Dinner] premiered in Mannheim, lib. T. Wilder trans. Hindemith
- Leo Reisman (64) dies in Miami
- Pauline Oliveros’ Perspectives for four-track tape premiered in San Francisco
- John Corigliano’s Fern Hill for voice and orchestra, text Dylan Thomas, premiered in New York
- Sidney J. Furie’s musical film The Young Ones starring Cliff Richard opens. Music by Stanley Black and Ronald Cass
- Moss Hart (57) dies in Palm Springs, CA of heart failure
- Maurice Delage (82) dies in Paris
- Bob Dylan records 26 songs on reel-to-reel tape at the apartment of his friend Bonnie Beecher in Minneapolis. The recordings become known as the Minneapolis Hotel Tape
- Guy de Lioncourt (76) dies in Paris
- Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne’s musical Subways Are For Sleeping opens on Broadway (205 performances)
- Christine Collister born (Isle of Man) Manx folk singer, songwriter.
- Jim Reid born (Glasgow) Scottish rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of the Jesus & Mary Chain. Brother of William Reid (b.1958).
- Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Moscow
- The Beach Boys play their first professional show supporting Ike and Tina Turner in Long Beach, CA
- Janis Joplin plays her first live show at the Halfway House in Beaumont, TX
- Beach Boys – Surfin’ / Luau (Candix)
- Solomon Burke – Cry to Me / I Almost Lost My Mind (Atlantic)
- Everly Brothers – Crying in the Rain / I’m Not Angry (Warner Bros)
- Kingston Trio – Where Have All the Flowers Gone / O Ken Karanga (Capitol)
- Miracles – What’s So Good About Goodbye / I’ve Been Good to You (Tamla)
- Shirelles – Baby It’s You / The Things I Want To Hear (Scepter)
- John Coltrane – Settin’ The Pace (Prestige) recorded 1958
- Sam Cooke – My Kind of Blues (RCA Victor)
- Lou Donaldson – Here ‘Tis (Blue Note)
- Lightnin’ Hopkins – Blues In the Bottle (Bluesville)
- Freddie King – Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away (King)
- Furry Lewis – Back on My Feet Again (Prestige / Bluesville)
- Nina Simone – Nina at the Village Gate (Colpix) recorded live at the Village Gate, New York in 1961
- Benjamin Britten’s Folk Song Arrangements, vol.V, British Isles & Folk Song Arrangements, vol.VI, England published in London
- Leonard Cohen’s poetry collection The Spice-Box of Earth published
- Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy – Straight Ahead (New Jazz)
- Wayne Shorter – Second Genesis (Vee-Jay)
- Art Taylor – A.T.’s Delight (Blue Note)
- Mal Waldron – The Quest (New Jazz)